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spending cuts first. president obama says congress has an obligation to raise the debt ceiling. and that is not negotiable. >>> just days after u.s. officials blame the popularity of apple devices for a rise in crime, there was a heist in paris. armed robbers hit the main apple store there after it closed. they got away with more than $1 million in apple product, such as the iphone 5. $1 million worth. >>> but the iphone 5 is so last year, apparently. apple seems to be getting ready for this year. there's signs we could see another tim cook announcement this spring for an iphone 6. developers are seeing markers left behind by new devices left at apple headquarters. those markers say iphone 6. >> bigger, faster, stronger, everything. >>> and poor warren buffett, no longer the third-rich et billionaire. the bloomberg billionaire inthe exsays amancia ortega has a net worth of $57.5 billion. second-richest is bill gates with $63 billion. and number one is mexican telecommunications magnate carlos slim, with $75 billion. buffett falling to fourth. >> you are fifth on that list, righ
to on this is disgusting. >> reporter: president obama said he want taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress that was a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not publicly endorsed the deal. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >> now, the house is set to reconvene today at 9 a.m. pacific time. a house vote is expected today or tomorrow. >>> what a night. no fog this year, perfectly clear last night for fireworks along the waterfront here in san francisco. it's beautiful out there. a lot of people showed up for the 15-minute display and jammed the streets near the bob barker. when it was all over, i think most of them are still out there, it was crowded getting into work today but there was some violence during the new year's celebration here in the city. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san francisco with the problems police had with the new year's crowd and has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. happy new year. san francisco police had their hands full because some celebrations did not go as planned. there w
at the ratio obama was proposing spending cuts versus revenue. it was four to one. now it's one to one. >> you have that $1 trillion already passed. >> you do. but i think the credit the tea party gets for shifting that debate wag overblown. >> but it was deficit reduction versus short-term spending at the start of 2010. and it immediately moved to deficit reduction and how to do it. and that was a very fundamental, important shift in the conversation. >> we have to go, but -- we have to go, but i heard that after the show, sam stein will be on twiner. you can be there, too. >> we can get together. >> we have another important item, though, which is the biggest hurdle arguably to president obama's second term agenda. that's something you're probably never going to hear about, literally. people think of the filibuster as a talk athon to stop action in the senate. but nowadays it has been attacked with a constant extreme of silent filibusters. up next, the talking filibuster ahead live. >>> time for the your business preer oes weeks. amber and mark started north carolina's based footsteps clothi
programs. so, in march, we may see another round of fighting. president obama says he hopes congress can strike a deal with a little less drama. paula and john? >> don't count on it. >> let's hope so. round two of the spending cuts. what are the chances that republicans go along with raising the debt ceiling? i know they believe maybe they have a little leverage now? >> reporter: i feel like we've seen this movie before. republicans are going to have to vote for raising the debt ceiling. but they want deeper spending cuts and deficit reduction. and they'll probably get it. but it could be another ugly fight in two months. >> it's interesting that john boehner and paul ryan voted in favor yesterday, as well. interesting dynamic there. tahman bradley in washington. thank you, tahman. >>> and new york lawmakers are furious this morning after the house ditched a vote on billions of dollars of aide for victims of hurricane sandy. house gop leaders decided to wait for the new session of congress before taking the vote. new york republican peter king called it absolutely inexcusable. and democr
into an economic free fall. facing a dreaded combination of spending cuts and tax hikes... president obama made an appearance, on n-b-c's meet the press. "regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly." democrats want to keep the bush-era tax cuts for everyone, except the wealthiest americans. just how wealthy?..is a major sticking point... with negotiations now focused on an income threshold around 400-to-500 thousand dollars. *republicans argue the problem isn't tax revenue...but spending. they want reforms to entitlements. but a proposal to change the way social security benefits are measured against inflation was pulled from the table. vice president joe biden -- talked to minority leader mitch mcconnell several times today...in an effort to break the stalemate. hopefully, the discussions between the vice president and senator mcconnell will get us back on track, hopefully get a breakthrough and something we can vote on. i hope by the end of day tomorrow night, we can celebrate
to redouse washington's out of control spending. >> president obama called the vote the right thing to do for the country. republicans compromised on the tax rates and democrats gave in on the state taxes. - estate taxings. >> there is another crisis looming on the horizon. lawmakers have to worry about the debt ceiling. the u.s. roached the legal borrowing limit yesterday . the treasury department is taking measures to buy time until the end of february including suspending investments and benefit fund saids for federal workers or they will not pay the country's billos time. congress must vote now to raise the debt ceiling and setting the stage for yet another battle on capitol hill. a new year brings new numbers on the paycheck of thousands san francisco workers. a higher minimum wage comes in . carolyn tyler has the details. >> the street prides itself on the salaries paid to workers in the back of the house. cooks and dish washers and a record high minimum wage rose in from 8.50 in 2004 to 10.24 an hour and jumps to 10.55. >> will it keep you from hiring. >> yes, we'll have to trim ou
because people can't do their jobs. >> reporter: harry reid and mitch mccono agreed to spend the weekend working on a fall back plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> some people will not like it, but that's where we are. >> reporter: president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that would at least avoid tax increases on people earning less than $250,000. frustration is growing. a simple stop gap percent is not what men -- measure is not what many in washington hoped for. many blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would reduce spending and cut the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together. >> house members don't get back here tonight sunday night. >>> president david wilson may be getting a remove of sorts after a lengthy public meeting months announced it is negotiating to keep him on until june 2014. his current contract expires in june of 2013. it was a rough year with two shootings on campus. >>> the russian president signed a law banning americans from adopting russian children. a law
the government to do nothing about spending? are you happy with obama care? most would say no. but in the end the choice was between a president who said things aren't great, but i'm going to still try to make them better, and a guy who he painted as not having a plan and not identifying with the average wants and needs of most middle class americans and in the end people decided to stick with the devil they knew rather than the one they didn't. >> so the republican defeat was big, but it wasn't overwhelming in the sense of a repute yags, in your view, of the republican platform or their agenda. >> no, and i think the reason -- look. this country did have the opportunity to once again hand controlled government to democrats. everyone in the house was up for re-election, and yet they continued to givene republicans the majority. they like divided government, and they have to look at the states who elected the very conservative governors who are doing the exact opposite of what barack obama is doing at the federal level. jay dan, there are real implications, consequences to the direction, the p
the addition about the spending of his administration. >> president obama said he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so that we would have $2 of spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. >> the senate reconvenes at 11:00 a.m.. as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013 they may wake up wishing it were 2012 when they had more money in their pocket-andrew spencer reporting. >> secretary of state hillary clinton was hospitalized with a blood clot. >> doctors say the same medical problem related to a concussion she recently suffered. >> a blood clot was found yesterday doing a follow-up medical visit. you remember 65 year-old clinton suffered a concussion several weeks ago after fainting while recovering from a stomach virus. >> let us bring it over to erica regarding our forecast. we have a driver is it? >> in to wednesday it expects to be the cold side. if resorting to go into affect. in the wet weather chances have diminished. here is a live look outside is a game left lick freeway. in downtown san francisco is a clear and cold star
increases. 36% say that obama is more to blame for not agreeing to more spending cuts and 15% blame both sides. joining us now from new york, julie riganski, a democratic strategist and here in washington, steven moore, a member of the "wall street journal" editorial board. sesteven, let's start with you. great to hear harry reid on this. the last time i checked the do so called proposal that a he put forth in july didn't really receive any support and only dealt with tax increases. it wasn't a comprehensive deal and didn't involve real spending cuts it was just raise tax and it went no where. for him to blame republicans, come on. >> don't forget, it has been 13 hyundais since hair arery reid even passed a budget out of the united states senate. we don't even know what the united states senators stand for in terms of the budget debate. the same thing on taxes. the house actually passed a lot of people don't know that earlier this year the house passed a bill to extend all of the bush era tax cuts for another year until resolve the issue. the senate again didn't act on that. the grave ya
-minute stand off before march 1. president obama vowed to sign the bill. the vote was not unanimous. many republicans in the g.o.p.-led house voted against the bill. many of them argued it does not do enough to curve spending. it saw more bipartisan support in the senate with only a handful of lawmakers in both parties voting "no." the debate was quite intense. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill where he has been following it. the bill had the votes to pass. what was the final pitch? >>reporter: extending the bush tax cuts for individuals making up to $400,000 and couples making up to $450,000, giving certainty and some permanence and avoiding taking the economy off the fiscal cliff. >> by making republican tax cuts permanent, we are a step closer to comprehensive tax reform that strengthens our economy and creates more and higher paychecks for american workers. >> compromise is not the art of perfection. by its definition, compromise contains elements that neither side likes. it also contains pieces both sides can embrace. >>reporter: democrats embraced more with 172 of the 257 votes c
a blame game from the very, very beginning and dana, we saw today president obama take to the sunday shows and spend the whole time blaming republicans. if we go off the cliff, who do you think is going to take the fall for this? i say republicans are just, they're going to go down because it's just tough to run against the white house with a bully pulpit. >> and i just believe that you can't worry about the short-term pr effects of something, that you have to do what's right based on principle and be able to get up in the morning and look in the mirror and say i stood on principle and i did what was right. when mitch mcconnell is speaking if you strip out the fact that there's all the other noise, what he's saying is actually true. i think that policy based on fact is better policy based on revenge. one comment on the interview president obama did with david gregory he taped it yesterday afternoon at the very same honor that mcconnell was actually trying to get a deal done. so to me, the president actually wants an argument more than a deal. he could have been helpful and instrumental in
on engaging iron and supporting defense spending cuts. on "meet the press" in morning president obama apparently while he didn't say he would name him said he saw nothing in the criticism to block him. senator graham, are republicans going to block chuck hagel if he is the nominee? >> i think a lot of republicans and democrats are concerned about his views on iran sanctions and hamas and hezbollah and that there is wide and deep concern about his policies. all of us like him as a person. it will be up to the president to make the selection. the hearings will matter. they will matter a lot to me and if he sends chuck hagel up there will be a confirmation hearing of consequence. >> chris: you are not prepared to say the republicans would put a hold on his nomination or philly bust. >>> i can tell you there would be very little republican support for his nomination. at the end of the day, very few votes. >> chris: senator feinstein you are going to introduce legislation this week on the first day of the new congress on thursday to ban assault weapons and magazines that hold more than ten
. >> there this is the other part of this. obama doesn't -- obama believes in stimulating the economy through spending. he doesn't believe in making all the cuts. so again, like you are asking him to adopt a world view he doesn't have. >> bret: even though he talked about it many times. >> he does talk about it. >> expounding upon it. fixing social security and medicare. >> anybody who reads paul krugman, grand pubah of economics on the left his worry that the deficit will be reduced too fast. i'm not endorsing this from a policy perspective. i'm telling grow a political perspective this is the situation with the president. so to say he should want cuts that the republicans want is to ask him to adopt a philosophy he doesn't have. i'd say if i was a republican, i would be bothered by republican party not being more specific and holding his feet to fire on it. >> bret: the senate democratic caucus could slip a the white house is saying that the vice president heading up there the time is not firm. >> so we'll be here. >> bret: we'll be here covering it for you. >> big night. >> bret: the countdown to vice
big spending cuts, they will be postponed. president obama tonight spoke about the nation's road ahead. >> the sum total of all the budget agreements we have reached so far proves that there is a path forward, that it is possible, if we focus not on our politics, but on what's right for the country. and the one thing that i think hopefully in the new year we'll focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much. >> we'll see. "good morning america" is going to have all the latest on these developments in washington tomorrow morning. >>> but for right now, we're going to turn to brand-new developments in the story "nightline" has been following for the past year. it's an amazing story involving an american man caught in a worst case scenario far from home. it's been 580 days. 580 days since jacob, an american small businessman, a brooklyn father of five and grandfather of 11, was arrested in bolivia and incarcerated in the prison, one of toughest and strangest prisons in the world. they said he was a
be spending them, soon. >> david, thank you. president obama cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to return to bash wash -- bash bash. -- washington he's going to work on a deal to avoid the so called fiscal cliff. there are five days remaining before hikes are scheduled to take affect. senate due back in session tomorrow nork indication of new proposals on the table. no word of negotiations sessions being scheduled, either. >> still ahead here at 5:00 a controversial battle that shut down a popular recycling center comes to an end. looming deadline for a 30-year-old institution. >> and a bed bug outbreak in the east bay. unique boot camp officials hope will use to squash a growing problem. >> a warning about hidden fees on gift cards that may whittle away the value. did you get one? want to see that report. the news continues in one minute. >>> a san francisco recycling center is scheduled to be closed this weekend. the neighborhood counsel's recycling center has been fighting falls for city hall to be shut down since 1996. the city says this operation has been attracting the hom
and higher taxes and spending cuts will automatically take effect. president obama has cut short his holiday to revive the talks. >> if we go over this cliff, the house of representative with four days left are not here with the speaker having told him that he will have 458 hours' notice. i cannot imagine their conscience out there wherever they are around the country and we are trying to get something done. >> why is the american economy teetering on the edge of the cliffs? these are some of the things that president obama is trying to prevent with the return to the lighthouse. an employment has fallen to a four year low and currently stands at 7.7%. no deal could mean 2.1 million jobs disappearing parent to it would equate to a contraction of 1.5% in the value of all goods and services america producers meaning less money to afraid with the rest of the world. as far as the republicans concerned, there is that we will not give you a blank check. >> mitch mcconnell, the republican leader in the senate, said that he thought there was still time to avert what he called a budgetary fiscal crisi
in annual spending cuts were agreed to under president obama as part of the debt ceiling negotiation. those begin on tuesday. we have the payroll tax cut in place for two years, takes about two percentage points off people's taxes, bill will end on monday. business tax breaks, bill will end on monday. the alternative minimum tax, which is confusing, but it would be a disaster if that was not taken care of, because it would raise the taxes of about 30 million americans for their 2012 income and 2013. and all the confusion could screw up the whole tax filing season. who knows when you will be filing your taxes, because the irs does not know which tax rates will be applied and who will be responsible for paying what. so it's going to be a mess if this is not handled quickly. host: if we are sitting here a month from now after the inauguration and there's still no final agreement on taxes, could that the label 15 -- guest: no doubt about it. secretary dieter even said that a few days ago. --secretary tim geithner. it could delay the tax filings. the government relies on august revenue to come i
up with president obama calls the bare minimum addressing tax cuts without doing anything to curb spending. >> we will get at best a patch and be here again in two months. congress cannot get out of its own way. >> average family would pay an extra $3,400 next year. >> the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will its mother. if that the impasse has shaken wall street, -- the impasse has shaken wall street. >> i think the likelihood is we go over the fiscal cliff. >> jim moran is wondering if partisan politics has destroyed the chance for any agreement. >> i don't think we will be up to reach a deal, no matter how small it might be. >> the american people are watching what we do. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> if senate leaders reached a deal, rank-and-file senators could vote by sunday, house member sunday night. right now there is not enough time left, they really need a deal tomorrow to beat the monday midnight deadline. richard reeve, abc 7 news. >> in addition to working on a deal on the fiscal cliff president obama h
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steps away from the fiscal cliff. the automatic tax increases and spending cuts kick in january 1 unless lawmakers find some common ground. cbs reporter danielle nottingham on what both sides are saying about the looming deadline. >> reporter: congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1. the president reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're gonna do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. but the income threshol
into default unless there are serious and main spending cuts. at that point does this obama victory perhaps look a little different? >> well, i mean, i think the question is, are they really going to want to do what they did last time with the debt ceiling, which ultimately caused us to have a downgrade of our economy. do they want to do that again? i think it is a bit of bluffing. i don't think they really want to do that. in terms of the president winning, he has won, though he will catch a lot of grief as byron alluded to from the left for, if he goes up to 400,000, for example, they think he should stick at 250 and don't want any kind of social security cuts and that is on the table apparently in the the new deal, so in that sense he'll catch flak. but, overall, yes, he'll get what he wanted in terms of taxes, and has given up very little in terms of cuts and, look he didn't run on cutting the government, really. he ran on raising taxes, and, so republicans keep saying, well, there is no cuts, no cuts and the president never really said that much about cuts -- >> you do understand it is
and i will not. >> chris: and, senator feinstein, you heard president obama say we have to t out of the habit and will not start trading debt ceiling increases for spending cuts. >> i think the key to what he is saying is that you don't affect people at this time. who are on these programs. that you do it in a way that it is way in the future. so, that long term, the programs are essentially changed and more constricted. now that is not entirely popular on my side. but, it is realistic, i think. i think, you know, this is a very hard time for people. and, we need to get by this and have a robust economy, and, and cap happen, i'm convinced, if we solve this and move down you can do those things that enable the programs to be solvent on an extended basis, without impacting people directly now. >> chris: senators, we need to take a quick break, when we come back we'll discuss where the investigation of the benghazi terror attack stands now, and, whether congress will act in the new year to try to prevent more mass murders. ♪ to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it d
new ones, in just two months they will need to deal with the automatic spending cuts and nasty fight over the debt ceiling. last night president obama declared he is not willing to debate congress on the borrowing limit. >> we can't not pay bills that we have already incurred. >> president obama said if congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling the consequences for the global economy would be catastrophic far worse than any fiscal cliff. >>> another high profile vote could come towed. this morning president obama told house republicans they should vote now on hurricane sandy aid, quote, without delay. this has new york lawmakers chastised house republicans for deciding to put the vote off for a few months. people in the region are still trying to recover with the worst winter months still ahead. the senate approved a $60 billion measure friday while a house committee drafted a bill about half that size. >>> students from sandy hook elementary got a sneak peek at the campus where they will go back to school tomorrow. an open house was held this morning at a school in nearby monroe. t
the absence of spending cuts on president obama and they know the taxes will go up anyway regardless of what they do if they don't pass anything and they would make the argument they would limit the tax cut and speaker boehner has made the same argument. >> thank you so much. we want to show people what is going on with the after markets because even though john says people are optimistic the markets are not optimistic. right now if the dow jones industrial average were to open at this moment it would be down 315 points. that's a reflection of the futures trading that happens in the after-hours. we'll see how asia opens on monday and right now the markets do not like what they see. they are not optimistic at this point and maybe if a mini deal gets done, a mini deal is not enough to deal with what the country faces. after all of this time the president still wants congress to come up with a plan instead of assuming the leadership mantle himself. let's talk to a member of congress about that. james langford serves in the house budget committee and he joins me now. sir, have you conceded you'r
more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes go up. that's far higher than obama's original proposal. they have yet to agree to suspend spending cuts. the democrat led senate is expected to pass the bill on new year's eve. the republican led house says it will not vote on the bill before the midnight deadline. members of congress are expected to work on a stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside the financial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to an agreement on resolving the fiscal cliff by year end, sudden tax increases and drastic budget cuts will take effect and would dramatically slow the u.s. economy. let's look into the two main components of the fiscal cliff. first, taxes. democra
earning more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes go up. that's far higher than obama's original proposal. they have yet to agree to suspend spending cuts. the democrat led senate is expected to pass the bill on new year's eve. the republican led house says it will not vote on the bill before the midnight deadline. members of congress are expected to work on a stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside the financial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to an agreement on resolving the fiscal cliff by year end, sudden tax increases and drastic budget cuts will take effect and would dramatically slow the u.s. economy. let's look into the two main components of the fiscal cliff. first, taxes. democra
spending cuts. there lab nasty fight over the debt ceiling. last night president obama said he's not willing to debate congress on the borrowing limit. >> we can not not pay bills that we've already occurred. >> reporter: karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> for all of you holiday eaters, cot overweight actually be better for your health? we'll tell you about the recent study which suggests you may not want to lose those pounds. >>> and how the stievers of sandy hook are moving forward. >>> listen up if you're trying to lose those extra holiday powbd -- pownlsd. researchers found having a higher bmi may have a slightly lower chance of dying. those slightly overbeast were not much greater than a normal rate. now don't get too excited, though. experts warn the study does not prove that being overweight is a good thing. >>> scientists say for the first time image tests show fructose can spark brain images. women who spent eight weeks practice -- eating fructose, the brain doesn't register it. researchers say the study is too small to offer proof but does add to the evidence th
. >> number number 2. >> project that obama will be re-elected. >> the election was about social. >> spending cutting, about what kind role government should have in your life. >> number 1. the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming but didn't bother to pay attention until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier who knows how strong the economy would be right now. >> coming up, a five-days for a woman. she gets the news she has been waiting to hear on her missing teen daughter. >>> and we are taking a look back at the year. the most outstanding student athletes of the year. >>> those and more coming up at six. now a preview of world news at 6:30. >> coming up, american companies saying thank you. thank you america for make this a great made in america christmas. . >>> you have heard of downward facing dog? even if you haven't chances are your children have. we have more on the latest craze for children. yoga. >> reporter: some say yoga is the fattest growing sport in the nation with 20 million practicing regularly. the latest trend is an ever
eye on the looming fiscal cliff. the deadline for across the board tax increases and deep spending cuts is just four days away. president obama is scheduled to meet with congressional leaders at the white house this afternoon. senate majority leader harry reid says the likelihood of reaching a deal is a long shot. but senator charles schumer told the "today" show that the odds are better than people think. if a deal were to pass, senate house speaker john boehner would have to agree to take it to the floor of the republican controlled house. danielle nottingham has more. >> reporter: president obama is meeting today at the white house with top congressional democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi and leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. it's the president's first meeting with congressional leaders since november 16th. the closed door discussions are an attempt to reach a last- minute agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases due to kick in on january 1st. >> probably the worst case scenario will come out of this maybe today and -- meeting today and
on the table is he close to a trillion dollars he is simply saying i want a trillion dollars in spending as well. president obama is he close to the same number they are about $300 billion apart. they are 1 hers apart from this whole deal. the problem is they are not putting spending cuts on the table. what they're doing is putting proposed possible cuts but the stimulus spending they are putting on the table also offsets that tax increase that he wants. still looking at trillion-dollar deficit. that just goes to show spending cuts. right now we don't have them. talks about them and there is accounting fuzzy math going on but there is not any serious entitlement reform. we can't just wait and talk about that in january. needs to be included in any package before we go forward. >> you know, juan, the point she is making when we talk about spending cuts. basically a guy pulling the olives off a meat lover's pizza and saying he is on a diet. something so incidental and ignoring this huge huge problem this black hole that is spending. it's true. we are going nowhere. >> no, i disagree. you k
lawmakers are still working out the automatic spending cuts. president obama weighs in saying middle class families can not get caught in the middle. >> the last thing folks like the folks up here on this stage can afford right now is to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year. middle-class families can not afford it, businesses cannot afford it, our economy can not afford it. >>trace: traders on wall street are watching the president's comments. the chance of going over the cliff may not look great but the dow is up for the time being. we have fox coverage with wendell at the white house. but, first, mike is live on capitol hill. the senate leader is the -- actually, the minority leader, what is he telling colleagues? >>reporter: he said they are very, very close. he would like to take action to avoid having americans suffer a huge tax increase in a matter of ten hours. there are a lot of anxious senators walking around wondering if or when they will get a chance to vote on something. at 1:19 senator mcconnell sent this e-mail to the colleagues and i quote, "the tax piece is complete and d
to engage on this front and it is unfortunate --. arthel: well, president obama says spending cuts could come in future deals. so how much more money are we talking about that we'll be putting out? according to the congressional budget office the bill contains $600 billion in new tax increases but just 15 billion in spending cuts. that is reportedly a ratio of 41 dole to one and the deal has more than $300 billion in new spending. bringing in stuart varney, host of "varney & company" on the fox business network. you're not doing the happy dance this morning, are you? >> no i'm not doing the happy dance. let repeat the big picture. taxes are going up. there is no significant cut in spending. in fact spending will go up. the debt continues to mount. arthel, at the risk of sounding harsh we look a lot more like greece as of this morning. some details, everyone who works as of right now will pay more in social security tax. successful people, big money earners, they will pay more dividend tax, income tax, capital-gains tax. all of this money is taken out of the overall economy that will slow
is disgusting. >> reporter: president obama wanted a bargain that dealt with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. and the house reconvenes by midday today. a vote could also come today. >> tara, a lot of republicans weren't happy with the president's speech yesterday. is there any indication that that could affect the vote in the house? >> well, president obama during that speech criticized congress for taking too long to come up with this deal. he also laid the groundwork for another problem that's coming and that's basically burrough -- upping the country's burrough limit. republicans will no doubt try to use upping that in ex-kang for spending cuts. and to which the president said, they have another thing coming if they think that's going to be the case. spending cuts alone are not going to be able to reduce the country's deficit. so we have that coming. senator john mccain said basically that's going to antagonize a lo
't challenge his party on spending cuts is disgusting. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: president obama wanted to dole with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. now, the house reconvenes at midday but lawmakers say, frank, they plan to study this bill hard before they take a vote. they say the senate has had months to get a bill passed and they are not going to rush to get anything done. >> there is word, tara, that some republican lawmakers are upset about something the president said. could that effect support of the bill? >> reporter: it might. president obama chastised in his speech congress for taking too long to get the deal done. but he also threw something out at republicans saying if they think that spending cuts is the only thing that's going to reduce the deficit, they have another thing coming and that basically references the $16.5 trillion in debt which is the next issue on the table. a lot of republi
obama says that congress must act now to avoid economic disaster. he has been meeting with republican and democratic leaders to reach a deal to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that take effect january 1. >> the hour-long meeting with president barack obama was the first face-to-face session together with both republican leaders of the latest fiscal crisis. obama said he was modestly optimistic about the agreement by senate leaders on a compromise bill that could be voted on by monday. that is just two days before 6 under billion dollars of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts begin to take effect -- $600 billion of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect. >> we want to make sure that unemployment insurance is still available for 2 million people and lay the groundwork for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps to take in the new year. but let's not miss this deadline. >> we are working hard to get there in the next 24 hours. i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> whenever we come up with will be imperfect. some people will not like it, some people will like it les
hikes in -- and government spending cuts is now at president obama's desk. the house passed it late tuesday after senate approved it. it raises taxes on individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000. secretary of state tree clinton will spend another day in the hospital -- hillary clinton will spend another day in the hospital. doctors expect a full recovery. two men charged with brutally beating a man in south east are expected to be in court today for a status jars. they are accused of beating a man during a robbery near eastern market in august. he suffered a severe brain injury. >> following a developing story out of los angeles this morning. a photographer was hit by a car and killed after taking photos of justin bieber's ferrari during a traffic stop. he was not in the car at the time. the photographer was killed as he walked across sepulveda boulevard. the driver who hit them and try to help him but the man ended up dying at the hospital. friends remember him as a met in -- than men who respected the celebrities he photographed. >> even though w
they have with the sequester. these are automatic spending cuts. the obama doesn't want them. this is leverage point for republicans. adam: you're an economist. we're journalists and we're only good for free drinks. are we going over the cliff? >> i think it is undeniable the economy falls into recession if we do go over the fiscal cliff. even chairman bernanke was very clear on this point telling everyone if the economy goes over the fiscal cliff even the fed itself does not have you have enough tools to go over against the impact. in terms of lack of investment and in terms of businesses closing their doors and remaining sidelined still for quarters going into 2013. adam: well, lindsey, you again are an economist. which is worse, the spending cut from the sequestration or the tax increase? which hits us, 310 million of us are american citizens. which hits us worse? >> well generally when we talk about the difference between spending cuts or tax increases you have to think of taxes as having 1 1/2 times the impact because what that does, there is a trickle down, in fact. we
a bill to spend money at the same time as they're challenging the obama administration -- spending? >> you have to ask them. i was given no explanation, michael. i was given no explanation. i was called at 11:20 last night by leader cantor and told that authority for the vote was pulled by the speaker. and our delegation asked for a meeting with the speaker at that time, they were refused. i called the speaker four times last night after 11:20, and he did not take my calls. so you have to ask the speaker. >> governor, what is the real consequence of this? it is not just a sense of our feelings are hurt -- >> sure, i mean, listen, every day that we don't begin to get this aid are days we can't help people get back in their homes, get businesses reopened, get our economy moving in this state again. those are the real consequences of it. inability for people to plan about what their future is going to be. it's absolutely disgraceful. and i have to tell you, this used to be something that was not political. you know, disaster relief was something that you didn't play games with. but no
with spending restraints. that's why obama does what he does. >> the reason i doubt that, grover, is because we've all done the math and we all absolutely agree on the math that you can't get out of the deficit hole we're in by taxing rich people even if you tax them at 100%. everybody know knows that. so when republicans say we don't have a tax problem, we have a spending problem, the fact is we've got both and we can deal with that. you gave your blessing to the proposal that john boehner put together and so many congressional republicans are scared for voting for something that feels like looks like, a tax increase because they're worried that your organization will come back to haunt them. they signed a pledge, you gave your blessing and they still couldn't get the votes on the floor. what's up with that? why did that not happen? a week ago i was hopeful we might have a deal. >> because the pledge is not to me, it's the american people. it's the people of the state that any congressman or senator is from. they have to feel that they can go to their constituents and say -- i voted against al
're not cutting spending because we're spending too much money. and that sends a very bad signal. if we're not going to do entitlement reform, because every time we talk about it obama says, no, let's raise taxes instead, now we're dealing with tens of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities that were not -- for four years obama's done nothing on entitlement reform. nothing, nothing, nothing, for four years. a lot of golf. nothing on entitlement reform. what has he done? chirped about raising taxes on rich people. raising taxes on rich people is what obama talks about instead of doing his job. so it's -- there are two costs to this. one, if you take money out of savings and investment, which is what you're doing with this, it doesn't help, it reduces the incentives to save, invest, and work. and the other thing you do is you never get to reform government entitlements. >> that's not causal, though. >> it is, it is, absolutely. >> it's not. >> you live in new york. i live in d.c. >> yeah. >> washington. this is all causal. the reason he's talking about tax increases is to avoid the
all of the government spending that president obama wants to do, because the truth is it's still -- it's still true that most of the income in this country is in the hands of the great middle class. >> the way you just voiced that makes -- lends credence to the fact that this is a tax increase to some. grover norquist gave his blessing to the deal and justified it by saying republicans didn't technically raise taxes since the bush tax cuts expired on january 1st. he was on with our andrea mitchell today. look at what he had to say. >> no republican voted for tax increase. what happened was obama had the dam cleez over the people with the tax increase over the next decade that would happen automatically. the republicans are quite clear. they want the tax cuts extended for everyone. the president insisted on taking them away from some people. that'll hurt the economy. he got his tax increase, but he can't claim republican fingerprints on his tax increase. >> well, wait a second. i mean, we're not living in the alice in wonderland world here. there is a tax increase for wealthier american
, children's health care, medicaid, and obama said, no, if we're going to cut spending, we're going to protect the most vul nebl. protecting the most vulnerable takes it away and all that's left is cutting taxes. if the goal is to reduce the deficit, their goal of cutting taxes is not relevant to that goal so there's no overlap of potential agreement here. that's why there's no deal. >> let's take a listen to a very conservative retiring senator said, soon to be former senator joe lieberman, who is respected and seen as a deal maker. what we need right now is a deal. let's take a listen to something he just said. >> if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal, consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in american history. >> joy, i think what he's saying there and going over the cliff is not that this would be the worst thing congress has done on an objective scale, but the notion of doing something so bad for no reason is pretty frustrating, isn't it? >> i disagree with his characterization it would be the most irresponsible thing.
forward a little bit more, president obama more on spending reductions including entitlement reform, he did do some and mr. boehner, speaker boehner coming forward not just $1 million having a tax raise, those earning $400,000 to $500,000, you can get the grand bargain. it's not what we are talking today. get the fiscal cliff to where you change the scale to a bunny slope, where the skier can pick up speed, accelerate the economy up to 3%, only reducing the debt reduction down 200 billion. then with the surging economy, you get $3 trillion in february before the debt limit is broken, then the economy is so strong it can take the grand compromise and roar into the next nine years. that's the grand compromise. >> i heard you use that reference of the bunny slope. we are about to hit the bunny slope as opposed to the fiscal cliff. this is from an article in the washington post. if an agreement is reached, taxes would go up a bit for the wealthy. there would be no changes to entitlement programs, medicare, social security, no grand strategy to race cash through a tax code. a fresh start for
not include spending cuts, and lawmakers will soon be fighting over the debt again. >> reporter: president obama landed in hawaii this morning to resume his holiday vacation. he left washington late last night after lawmakers approved a bill that prevents a middle class tax hike and delays automatic spending cuts. congress and the white house struggled to get the deal done, and neither republicans or democrats seem pleased with the outcome. >> someone stop hitting you in the head with a hammer and you're supposed to say thank you so much for the relief. >> reporter: many voters are upset it took lawmakers so long to reach a compromise. >> i think we needed a deal. i'm not necessarily all together happy. >> reporter: the measure raises taxes on families making more than $450,000 a year and extends long-term jobless benefits for a year. but the package does not include spending cuts as many republicans voted against it. >> i would like to be speaking for this bill but i can't. >> reporter: congress steered away from this fiscal cliff at the last minute, but another showdown is just around th
by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will take deep effect. >> president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. >> with the first of our year enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, struggling economy and voter doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the front runner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against president obama. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. after 50 primary contests, romney clenched the nomination and it was on to the general election. >> it will be a choice between -- >> two very different paths. >> reporter: their battle focused on the economy. >> we can't afford another four years like the last four years. >> we need more tax cuts for working americans. >> reporter: early on, two key moments changed the subject that helped
it the obama cliff and said we should swan dive over the cliff because it would be one thing democrats could get through their head when they cut spending. >> i agree completely. this is crazy that we're even having that discussion, eric. august spending 256-171 the ryan budget was passed extending tax relief for all americans. 19 democrats voted for that. it was handed to mr. reid, mr. obama starting the warfare about taxing the rich. reid sat on the bill. why didn't he bring it up for a vote? why didn't it get fair debate? mr. reid hasn't passed a budget and we going to believe they're serious about the fiscal problems? let's go offense the cliff. >> we have two cameras outside the white house right now. that one i believe is perched on pennsylvania avenue and we have another camera which is perched facing the side entrance. those are the suvs that likely boehner, mcconnell, pelosi and reid will come out of. let's talk about the deal. what if there's a deal, craig, for, i don't know, say 4 hr $500,000 the threshold of who gets taxes and who keeps -- everybody under that number keeps their
, response to the part about spending cuts, and what is spending cuts is the obama administration talking about, guaranteed spending cuts? >> they already accepted a trillion dollars in domestic spending cuts in next 10 years. they put on the table additional cuts in medicare and social security not as much as republicans want but clearly they have moved on that. and i also think there will be substantial defense cuts, if we want to make a dent in the deficit. i mean this is the choice that is going to be in front of us. if, we have to do four things if we want to reduce the deficit. we have to get more revenue, we have to cut domestic spending, we have to trim and reform the health care programs in particular of medicare and medicaid and we have to cut defense. if we do all four of those things we can make significant down payment getting deficit under control. if we do some of them, the numbers are not there enough to make as much progress as we want. this is where mark and i agree. over next six to nine months we could see substantial progress towards smart fiscal policy in the country
. after it was all over, a lot of the things we didn't believe during the campaign, the obama people said oh, we figured this out. we know who our voters are. we know where to spend the money. we thought they were boasting. and it turns out they were right. >> the one thing, really, i think defied everybody's expectations is what the obama campaign said they were going to do, was that they were going to turn out an electorate in 2012 that looked very much like the electorate in 2008, that they were going to get huge numbers of african americans and young people. that they were going to mobilize the hispanic vote. a lot of republicans couldn't believe these polling numbers. there were so much talk of skewed polls. after the election the romney campaign said they just couldn't believe that the obama operation was capable of doing this. >> karen, to what extent do we think that the electorate that they produced in 2008 and 2012 is a function of obama himself as opposed to the changing face of the country? >> it's both of those things. i mean, it is -- it is unclear whether the kind of appeal
that obama will discuss measures for avoiding the rest of the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that will bite if lawmakers fail to come up with a plan. >> pessimism remains the prevailing mood in washington as the january deadline rapidly approaches. neither democrats nor republicans have any new proposals for a workable compromise. >> the starbucks coffee chain has urged its workers in washington, d.c., area to write "come together" on the cups, a plea for party leaders to work out a compromise, but some customers say that is not enough. >> i mean, i like with starbucks is riding on the cups. i wish they would write, like, something else, like "republicans, stop being stupid." >> i think the solution will probably be neutered and not very effective, but ultimately, i think they will avoid the fiscal cliff. >> but neither side appears willing to give in. democrats, for example, are frustrated that republicans will not agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >> the majority of rich people in our great country are willing to pay more. the only people who disagree with that are repub
. the crash involved real for cars and were reported just after midnight. >> president obama in congress are looking to keep automatic spending freezes from kicking in a pain has the stor\ed paine has the story >> nancy pelosi, which mcconnell, and john boe hner have four days to reach agreement or spending cuts would take effect. >> both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working. the members of house of represented or out watching movies, and watching the kids play soccer, basketball, and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told president i will be happy to look at what ever he proposes. a hard deadline. as i said this is the conversation we should of had to go. >> democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more per year. republicans remain against any tax increases. >> most americans just wasn't begun. >> people are tired. >> islamic not reach a deal by january 1st many economists are concerned it could lead to another recession. >> ibm ed paine reporting. >>
257-167 in favor of the billo t stop the middle-class tax increases and spending cuts to domestic poll ramps. soon after president obama reacted to the compromise bill. >> under this law, more than 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up. millions of families will have continued to receive tax credits to help raise their kids and send them to college. companies will continue to receive tax credits for the research they do, the investments they make and the clean energy jobs that they create. and 2 million americans who are out of work but out there looking, pounding the pavement every day, are going to continue to receive unemployment benefits as long as they're actively looking for a job. i am very open to compromise. i agree with democrats and republicans that the aging population and the rising cost of health care makes medicare the biggest contributor to our deficit. i believe we've got to find ways to reform that program without hurting seniors who count on it to survive. and i believe that there's further unnecessary spending in governme
three days to go before the fiscal cliff when tax heights and spending cuts kick in. president obama and congressional leaders are meeting at the white house right now trying to figure out a way to avoid it. negotiation have been under way for about an hour. steve handelsman joins us. so far no deal? >> i'm checking. so far the meeting continues, which could be a bad sign, can it? sources here on the hill say in today's meeting president obama planned to be kind of tough, figuring that he has gotten the advantage back to the extent anybody has the advantage this close to the cliff and that he'll push hi original demand, the tack rates rise on income over a quarter million dollars. it's a positive sign, the first meeting since mid-november of the four congressional leaders, democrats and republicans at the white house. called by president obama, house speaker jane boehner, the key figure. >> the fact that he's come back and the four of them are at the table means to me we could come up with some kind of agreement. >> reporter: both sides want a deal to avoid tax hikes that could cost
decisions. president obama have said that. they understand that spending cuts do need to happen and reducing the debt and deficit is absolutely a priority for them as well as for their voters, but i think they're in a very strong position going into that to do it in a way that is fair, balanced, and in a way where the most vulnerable americans will be the ones that will be hurt the most. >> for those of you who just joined us, the house has passed the bill, the final tally is 257 in favor, 167 against. markets around the world are reacting to this. the major markets that are open are australia and south korea. australia is up about 1.9%. south korea about 1.4%. that might be a harbinger about what they're going to see. they're tallying up and doing procedural stuff. we're waiting for president obama in about the next nine minutes or so to come out and make a statement. john, we're sort of nowhere further than we were and we have three major things in front of us. number one, we hit the debt ceiling on december 31st, which means they've got maybe a month before we have another debt ceiling de
: this is not a grand deal but obama did win. he got what he wanted to get done. in the end, he had less trouble with the caucus than i thought he would. real trouble two months from now when they have a spending problem. only thing they can deal with is entitlements. that is laid town clearly in the caucus. not willing to go along with any alteration in social security. that is a problem. how much infighting there is now among the republicans. >> eric: not much on the table here. >> eric: meaningful spending cut. tax increases through the list, payroll tax holiday expires. tax for people making over $400,000. >> dana: marriage tax penalty as well. higher end marriage penalty added back in that people didn't know about. i would describe it as a bad deal. but not as disastrous as it would have been if there would have been no resolving of the situation. president obama didn't get everything he wanted. some things that the republicans got. included technical piece on the alternative minimum tax, which is important as esoteric. the democrats used a lot of use and all of their leverage to get not mu
obama came out and said he wanted to balance -- the ratio is 41-1 tax hikes to spending cuts. if you think about it, it raises spending because it delays the sequester. we're raising spending and raising taxes. that is a deal senate republicans felt comfortable with, but talking with members of the house, they do not have the majority of the g.o.p. caucus. the g.o.p. is losing more like 150 votes, at least over 100 conservative votes in the house of representatives if they try to run with this bill. >> if john boehner wants to be speaker again, he's going to come up for a vote in a couple of weeks. if he gets this passed with a majority of democratic support, he might be no longer speaker. >> absolutely. i think it's one of these things where it depends how hard he whips republicans into it. i think it's one of those cases where republicans in the house are very frustrated and are on the verge of doing that. we've been opting for a new speaker, somebody who can relate better to young people. we'd like to see him replaced. a 41-1 ratio is unacceptable. we have a huge debt crisis and w
and the republicans to do a deal with obama. the simple reason, tom, obama will not agree to any significant spending cut. so why give him any kind of a grand bargain that the press will give him credit for and he can end the year as some kind of victorious guy? if you look at the u.s. deficit is about $4 trillion a year. these tax increases cover about 400 billion. that's 9 or 10%. that's. it the rest of this battle is over entitlements. i mean the democrats could solve this whole thing simply by agreeing to a minor increase, just a two year increase. >> the president did put that on the table and the republicans reject that. the real issue here is there going to be a self-inflicted wound to the economy? the uncertainty here. either way taxes on the wealthy are going up. they'll go up under a deal approved in the last hours which may or may not happen or if it doesn't, there's no deal, then we go over the so-called cliff and the tax goes up there. so either way taxes are going up. >> if the president wanted a deal on entitlements, all he has to do is raise the age from social security to 65 to 67, m
of presidential agreement to cut spending means even if the senate measure passes the house, mr. obama can expect added pressure in weeks when the debt ceiling must be raised again. >> we made a mistake to increase the debt limit the first time and gave that guy all that money to buy votes with. we shouldn't make the same mistakes now. >> the president says the congress should don't that because it holds the credit rating hostage for partisan demand for spending cut bus the republicans say that is the only way the cuts will ever happen. bret >> bret: thank you. the fiscal cliff not the only thing that congress is dealing with. fox news learned the house plans to split the superstorm sandy aide bill to two parts. giving the lawmakers opposed to a large bill the ability to vote against it and vote on the other part so they don't appear unwilling to help storm victims. the base would provide immediate funding to those affected by the october storm that devastated new york and new jersey coastlines. meanwhile, republicans are still meeting up on capitol hill. we have a live camera outside of that mee
's president obama's way of saying, look, vote on his basic proposal, the proposal that would extend middle-class tax cut, deal with spending cuts. it's a basic plan that the president is calling for. something similar has already passed so the white house feels confident that what the president is calling for could again pass through the senate and get through the house. in order for that to happen, richard, that would involve every single democrat in the house voting for it as well as about 30 republicans. so the question is could they actually get that many republicans to vote for this pack am that the president is calling for. but politically what he is doing is essentially saying this is the plan i'm putting forth, let's get it through the senate and if it fails, it will fail through the senate house, letting republicans own that failure. putting it in a box. president obama giving the lawmakers here two options. one, to come up with their own alternative proposal. of course, that's something senate majority leader harry reid will work on. if not, he'll say put my plan to basic up or d
in washington this afternoon as the nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. they only have four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go over the so- called fiscal cliff. that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts would take effect. reaching a deal before then what be easy. right now both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we in washington are working while the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we're coming against a hard deadline here. i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston with a stubborn fever. the family is, that he will be out of the i see you sound. the chief of staff said sup
we reach the fiscal cliff -- president obama is launching a last-ditch effort to avoid tax increases and spending caps set to take effect january. the president is set -- set to meet with house and senate majority leader's for the first time since november. this comes after the partisan bickering with democrats and republicans blaming each other for failing to reach a deal. this morning the nation is remembering retired general norman schwarzkopf, who died thursday of complications from pneumonia. he is known for leading allied forces in the 1991 gulf war walk caption during -- capturing the public imagination. >> norman schwarzkopf a little- known u.s. army general looking to retirement. then saddam hussein invaded kuwait and norman became a household name. he turned into the face of the u.s.-led counterattack called youoperation desert storm. >> let me put it this -- it will take as long as it takes for a iraqis to get out of kuwait and the united nations resolution to be enforced. >> the campaign culminated in a massive ground offensive, routing the iraqis in 100 hours. >> the nav
will be smaller than what president obama wanted, but will come separate from spending cuts, at least at the outset, and another set of negotiations after the new year, that will have spending cuts and taxes in it. it seems to me that that's a recipe for republicans to end up getting a lot more in taxes than they would have got in all with an up-front deal. are your colleagues worried about that at all, or are you? >> first of all, you're enlightening me on something i'm not aware of. that was not the conversation i had with my colleagues across the aisle and that wasn't the conversation i had with the minority leader. so you have information that i don't have. look, you can't solve the problem with taxes. you have to do both. this country is in trouble, fiscally and financially as well as ratings. and if weap don't do something significant, we'll see another rating cut. and there'll come a time when the interest costs, we cannot afford. so the question comes is, what is the best thing we can do now, given the political dynamics that are in washington that actually make some differenc
for a possible plan on taxes and spending. president obama was on "meet the press of" today saying the pressure is on congress to make a deal. he was optimistic, but he said that they cannot come to an agreement, he wants the senate majority leader to introduce legislation to make sure middle class taxes stay where they are. live coverage of the senate on c-span2 when the gavel in. the house out to woodcock with the boats as early as 6:00 looking at a number of legislation from veterans to foreign aid. you can watch the house live here on c-span. >> republican olympia snowe from maine is also retiring at the end of the 112th congress after three terms. next, her farewell address. it is about 35 minutes. >> i rise today with an infinite appreciation for the institution of the united states senate as well as a profound sense of gratitude. as i prepared to conclude my 18 years in the senate and my nearly 40 years in elected office on behalf of the people of maine. madam president, it has been difficult to envision the day when i would be saying farewell to the senate. just as it was impossible to
? ♪ ♪ na na na na na na na na ♪ and everybody go uh! >>> we told you last hour president obama is spending his last few hours in hawaii before returng early to washington. he's expected to arrive tomorrow, just five days ahead of the fiscal cliff, which includes an across the board tax hike that congress has tried but failed to undo. cnn's dana bash is with us from washington, our senior congressional correspondent. we spoke last hour. you told us that hour speaker john boehner was to convene this conference call to decide whether or not to call the house back into session. we know the senate is supposed to convene, but nothing can, of course, take place until the house is in session as well. do we know the results of that conference call? will boehner reconvene the house? >> reporter: i'm told by a source familiar with the call, which just happened within last hour, as you said, that no decision was made on the schedule or timing for the house. as we talked about an hour ago, the leaders in the house have promised the members that they won't be called back without 48 hours notice. so at t
to step up and do the big thing when he could. >> president obama promising to deal with the spending cuts, and yesterday, he warned republicans about getting into another political squabble. so how do average americans feel about the fiscal cliff deal? beth parker stopped by locallo diner where customers were dishing their thoughts. >> and how do you want youry eggs? >> reporter: they are working 24 hours a day at bob and edith's diner in arlington. the customers which congressi would do the staple. >> i'm really upset with congress right now.ig i just feel like it's a complete failure. >> reporter: they watched thethe nation edge towards the fiscal cliff. >> i've been in suspence the whole time, like i wonder what's going to happen. >> reporter: what happened, was a deal, sort of.a >> i know we got a deal, but in two t months we'll have to go through it again. >> reporter: there's plenty ofy blame to go around. >> men with power and people whh don't walk in the shoes of thet every day man, and woman. >> what i'm sad about is the bih great compromise, you know, liken did -- like kennedy,
for nearly every american. dramatic spending cuts will kick in. president obama and congress will be back from vacation tomorrow. but will anything get done? >>> plus, wild winter weather sweeping through the country. we'll bring you the latest details on which part of the u.s. could be hit next. cnbc's "worldwide exchange" starts now. >>> and welcome to a special edition of reside worldwide. ross andcle reoff today for boxes day in -- kelly are off today for boxing day. for now, you is us. >> we'll start with a brief check on the markets. energy and metals are trading higher now, wtis up about 55 cents. brent crude up 65 cents. also want to check in on the gold price, as well. gold right now down about slightly under the flat line there, 1,-658. well below the 1,700 mark. the cme globex has been closed for christmas. it's going to reopen at 6:00 a.m. eastern time. that goes for treasuries and the foreign exchange market, as well. >> as for action in the overseas markets, the u.k. is closed today for boxing day as are some of the former brish colonies. in europe the dax down about there a
: top congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st. the president called the meeting constructive, but reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where in just four days every americans' tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >>reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're going to do the best we can for the congresses we have and for the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >>reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases, but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done, but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reac
accepted the first deal with obama? at least you would have gotten some spending cuts. >> no, the president was never serious about spending cuts and the president's spending cuts put $300 billion over ten years, that's a joke as well. this required a big deal on taxes, on spending and everybody's afraid to make the deal. >> congressman a lot of people are outraged the house canceled its plan to vote on a relief package for victims of superstorm sandy. senator schumer called it heartless. why was there a reverse? >> the reverse came about basically the same i call them chuckleheads and i'll call them chuckleheads again, the same chuckleheads that jet ison planned b a week ago said the $60 billion or 27 and 33 isn't paid for and because it's not paid for we're not going to do anything about it. i guess they don't have tvs in their homes and they haven't seen the suffering on staten island and coastal new jersey. it doesn't make any sense to me. an emergency is an emergency. these are americans who are suffering. we should have had the vote and i talked
.2 trillion in federal spending cuts kick in. the payroll tax holiday enacted under president obama will expire. the alternative minimum tax kicks in and several tax deductions will also expire. nbc's danielle leigh is on capitol hill with the latest on the negotiations. what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning. there's been progress and at 11:00 a.m. this morning the senate will get back network. when they do they won't have a lot of time to come up with a deal to avoid those spending cuts and tax increase. both sides are still divided but just before calling it quits yesterday democratic leader harry reid said he hoped to have an announcement in the morning when senate gets back network. where are they divided inspecifically divided at what salary taxes should increase but there was progress in terms of tax increases for the wealthiest of americans, also avoiding the inheritance tax increases and democrats say that they are grateful republicans have given up a demand for cuts to social security at least for now. now this progress has not come easy. democrats have accused repub
,000 higher than the threshold president barack obama originally proposed. that is the senate deal postponed by two months, the spending cuts that are scheduled to start on january 1st. the senate passed the bill on two tuesday, two hours after the december 31st deadline. members of the republican-led house of representatives will vote on the bill on tuesday. lawmakers are expected to work on a stopgap measure to ensure the impact of the suspended tax cuts is minimal. >>> doctors treating hillary clinton say they have found a blood clot between her brain and skull. but they say she is making an excellent recovery. staff at a hospital in new york issued a statement on monday, a day after clinton arrived for treatment. last month, doctors diagnosed her with a concussion after a stomach virus caused her to become dehydrated and faint. she had been resting at home since then. medical personnel say an mri revealed a clot in a vein between clinton's right here but they say she did not suffer a stroke or any neurological damage. they say she is in good spirits and engaging with the doctors, family
spending part of his christmas holiday visiting troops in hawaii, president obama to resume but the talks. congressional aides said the holiday did not bring much progress and form on the initiations have yet to be scheduled. the senate is to attend the session thursday. when the house will reconvene is still uncertain. >> we were talking about the debt ceiling and it came down the 12 hour, the final few minutes before the deadline to get a full-fledged a grim past. >> some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession, as consumers cut back on spending. others said the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early in the new year doubled will back any changes. political analysts warn some consequences may be immediate. there may be a tremendous response from financial markets and the stock market. that would alarm everybody. stock prices are hearty dropping friday after a plan -- are already dropping after a plan. a poll shows nearly half of americans are doubtful the sides can settle their differences. >> taxes w
will be spending the new year in a hospital. doctors discovered a blood clot after suffering from a concussion earlier this month. just released gallup poll, most admired woman. president obama is the most admired man. >>> congress will spend part of the new year in session, trying to come up with a deal that will prevent the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. >>> the american academy of pediatrics has released a new statement encouraging elementary schools to let kids have their play time. recess gives children the opportunity to develop skills that can't be taught in the classroom, that it should not serve as a substitute for phys. ed. class. fond farewell 75 watt incandescent light bulb. under law, they can no longer be produced or imported as of january 1st though retailers can clear their remaining stocks. government will turn out the lights on traditional 60 and 40-watt bulbs in 2014. >>> it's what everyone is talking about, i think. reality tv star kim kardashian and rapper kanye west are expecting their first child. west made the announcement last night at a concert in atlantic c
of 10 americans. potentially catastrophic spending cuts start kicking in. lawmakers spent much of the day behind closed doors plotting strategy. president obama blamed the impasse on republicans. >> the way they are behaving is there on the priority is making sure the tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> on sunday, the president talked about his plan b. he wants the senate to vote on extending tax cuts to everyone but the rich. >> if the republicans baca, middle-class taxes will go a. >> a political showdown with only one certainty, tomorrow night's deadline. the president has a plan c, reversing the effects of the cliff on january 4 when the new congress is in town. >> if america does fall off the fiscal cliff, maryland would be hit hard. hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. sarah sampson continue our coverage. >> maryland has very strong ties to the federal government. lots of federal workers and businesses that rely on the federal workers. all of them are keeping a close eye on negotiations. according to a report earlier th
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against its credit limit. that means we will see another fight over spending cuts and president obama already making it clear he is not willing to compromise when it comes to paying our bills. plus, the children of sandy hook elementary going back to school for the first time since last month's massacre in newtown, connecticut. we will show you how staffers tried to make the kids comfortable. that's next on "the fox report." meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. [ male announcer ] as the year counts down, your savings can add up with the adt new year's sale. help protect your family with the advanced technology of adt starting at just $99 -- a savings of $300 plus 15% off accessories. but you must call before midnight january 2nd. more than a security system, adt can help let your family in from the cold eve
's kidding himself. >> heather: alexis, i'll let you respond to that. because when it comes to spending cuts, president obama says his own, his own words, quote, lays the groundwork for that in the future. the last big budget deal in the summer of 2011, it ended with precisely the same promise, which in turn ended in failure and the fiscal crisis facing the country today. why believe him this time? >> the ball is actually not in his court right now. the ball is in the senate and the house court to come up with a bill that he can sign. so he's trying to set a tone right now about what would be acceptable in the short-term. these long-term issues around entitlements are exactly that, they're long-term issues. to manufacture a decision deadline of 48 hours from now is kind of irresponsible because we're talking about systems that have been around for decades now that many americans depend on. we're talking about systems that are really earned benefits. they're not entitlements. we have paid money into. and we're -- >> we're down to the last minute because the president does not want to deal wit
to prevent massive spending cuts and tax hikes from kicking in january 1st. president obama appeared today on nbc's "meet the press" and said the cuts in spending need to be fairly distributed. >> what i'm not willing to do is to have the entire burden of deficit reduction rest on the shoulders of seniors making students pay a higher student loan rates, ruining our capacity to invest in things like basic research that help our economy grow. >> in news overseas the bodies of the dead are being carried away in syria today. at least 397 people were killed saturday. that is the deadliest day so far in the 21-month long civil war. another 52 died today. the joint u.n. arab league envoy said the situation is rapidly deteriorating but that a solution is still possible. >>> in massachusetts boston's mayor lifted a snow emergency a little earlier today. more than a foot of snow fell on several towns across that state overnight. crews are clearing tons of snow in the gillette stadium now preparing for the patriots/dolphins game this afternoon. >>> keep it here as the clock ticks to the fiscal cliff.
." the legislation would impose a hardship and fall short on addressing the need in spending. president obama praised the agreements. coats to place on the other side of the capital on issues other than the so-called fiscal cliff. -- votes took place on the other side of the capital. extra cash for the fight against al qaeda and the fight against foreign governments trying to spy on the united states. mike rogers said the bill holds personnel levels at last year's level. dutch ruppersberger said the bill invests in programs that are working and cuts things that are not. the house meets today at noon eastern. watch the house live on c-span tv. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. [video clip] >> a lot of people that i know looking back on the last 40 years will say that ever since apollo, the space program has been a jobs program. how many jobs can we get in your district, in your state? the space shuttle passed by one vote because it was passed all around the country. we had people working different -- working in different places. i can tell you some pretty brutal stories about th
a prince william county police officer. >> welcome back. president obama thinking congress this morning for passing a bill that prevents the middle-class tax hike and cuts in domestic spending. the house approved the bill last night. it raises taxes on the wealthiest americans. the senate approved the bill early tuesday morning. two men charged with bodybuilding a man near d.c.'s eastern market are expected to pe- with beating a man near d.c.'s eastern market are expected to appear today in court. the anne arundel court house today -- protest of 's of new same sex marriage law. >> today pennsylvania is suing the ncaa for sanctions regarding the jerry sandusky sex abuse scandal. the governor -- governor tom corbett is expected to talk about the suit during a news conference today. including a $60 million fine to help fight child abuse and victims. pennsylvania leaders object the enzi of -- the ncaa using most of them on the outside the state. nearly three weeks after a gunman's rampage and those who escaped, students and teachers at sandy hook elementary school in newtown connecticut ar
that were due to kick in today for another two months but because the bill doesn't address spending, getting it passed in the house will be much tougher. >> the fact that we're not where we need to be on revenues is disgusting. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: president obama says he wanted a grand bargain that dealt with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not publicly yet endorsed the deal. >>> the white house issued a statement after this morning's senate vote. in part it reads while neither democrats or republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and this house should pass it without delay. >>> a local police department is starting the new year in mourning. a warrenton father leaves behind three grieving children and saddened neighbors. >> reporter: officer chris young was on his way to another call when this terrible crash happened right here behind me in bristow. it was really sad and hard for o
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